Aren’t we all CoverJunkies: TIME feat Nancy Burson


Acclaimed artist/photographer Nancy Burson’s work is shown in museums and galleries internationally. “Seeing and Believing”, her traveling 2002 retrospective originating at the Grey Art Gallery, was nominated for Best Solo Museum Show of the Year in New York City by the International Association of Art Critics. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and was a member of the adjunct photography faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for five years. Burson currently books events and reviews portfolios for the Photography Department at the New York Film Academy in NYC.

Nancy Burson combined art and innovation in a way that challenged photographic truth at the birth of digital manipulation. She is best known for her pioneering work in morphing technologies which age enhance the human face and still enable law enforcement officials to locate missing children and adults. Her Human Race Machine, which allows people to view themselves as a different race, is still used as an educational diversity tool that provides viewers with the profound visual experience of being another race.

Burson’s new TogetherAllOne concepts and designs promote the concept of global unity and encompass everything from interactive children’s books to projected lighting installations and public sculptures. Burson’s fine art photography is available through ClampArt Gallery in NYC, Rose Gallery in LA, and Paci Contemporary in Brescia, Italy.

Thanks to @meghandler and @michaelshawsbag @readingthepictures (@get_repost) ・・・ Nancy Burson, Warhead 2017 (Trump/Jong un), editing by @johndepew. About two weeks after last year’s Republican convention, we featured another Trump GIF by artist Nancy Burson. It was titled, “What If Trump Were: Black-Asian-Hispanic-Middle Eastern-Indian.” As you can imagine, the animation took the portrait of the white, western Trump and cycled him through different racial and ethnic incarnations. She imagined Trump having an “aha” moment where he might suddenly identify with everyone. Well, fifteen months, an eye-popping victory, and a rampaging first year in office later, Burson’s focus has changed. Her Trump/Un image, like a Trump/Putin version she also did, is all about ego and about moral ambiguity. In other words, the ultimate collusion.  You can see our post with both images here: #trump #donaldtrump #kimjongun #trumpjongun #dprk #northkorea #littlerocketman #warhead2017 #nancyburson #politicalart @nancyburson

A post shared by Nancy Burson (@nancyburson) on

At first glance, the man on our July 30, 2018, cover might seem familiar: it was created by morphing images of two of the world’s most recognizable men, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The composite image, by visual artist @nancyburson, is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki. As our senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett writes in this week’s cover story: “A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for #Putin has yet to be explained. #Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can’t concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome. He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with #Russia—which he denies—and the question of whether Russia attempted to influence the election.” Burson, who became well known for developing a technique to age faces, which is used by the FBI to find missing children, says the goal of her latest composite is to help readers “stop and think” when it comes to similarities between the two leaders. “What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she tells TIME. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.” Read this week's full cover story on Photo illustration by @nancyburson for TIME (Digital imaging by @johndepew. Source photographs: Trump: @gettyimages; Putin: Kremlin handout)

A post shared by TIME (@time) on

Time to read
1 min
Words by
Published on
24 July 2018
Filed under
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email
The aim of a shop is to collect cool stuff.
Ours is to gather the coolest.